Travis Kelce says he’s played better since growing out ‘rugged’ beard: ‘I feel the power of it’

Forget about Travis Kelce’s haircut — it’s time to talk about that beard.

On the latest installment of his podcast, “New Heights,” the Kansas City Chiefs tight end, 34, touched on the topic while speaking with his co-host brother, Philadelphia Eagles center, Jason Kelce, 36.

“Dude, what is going on with the beard right now by the way?” the elder Kelce questioned, pointing out the voluminous, “yeti”-like facial hair his younger brother has been sporting as of late.

“We’re growing it,” Travis replied. “Putting in that work.”

The NFL pro, who is currently gearing up to play against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday, admitted that he hasn’t trimmed his beard since “before Christmas” — a fact which caused Jason to ask if this was Travis’ “playoff beard” or “an ode to your hockey roots?”

The 34-year-old claimed he was “putting in that work” and hasn’t trimmed his beard since “before Christmas.” Getty Images
According to football pro, his oversized beard is an ode to his “hockey roots.” Getty Images
It also represents the “ups and downs of the season.” Selhurst Park Pix /London Entertainment / SplashNews.com

“My hockey roots,” replied Travis. “It’s also an ode to just like, the ups and downs of the season.”

The two-time Super Bowl champ went on to explain that each time he looks in the mirror, he feels “rugged.”

“Like I’ve been working for something,” he added. “Like I’ve been focused on something. Like I’ve been working towards getting s—t done.”

The younger Kelce brother, who famously dates Taylor Swift, is set to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. AP
He also claimed that his beard has helped his play better. David Tulis/UPI/Shutterstock

Jason, who famously has a big beard of his own, couldn’t help but agree, saying, “That’s a working man’s beard right there.”


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The Chiefs player, who is currently dating superstar singer Taylor Swift, revealed that he could actually “feel the power of it,” crediting his overgrown beard for helping him with the game.

“I’ve been playing way better since I’ve been growing it,” he said, before the older Kelce pointed out Travis’ impressive playoff stats as proof.

The tight end could be seen warming up on Feb. 7 with the “rugged” look. Getty Images
The facial hair conversation was followed by Travis addressing claims he invented the buzzcut fade haircut. AP
“I walked in the barber shop one day, didn’t even know what I was getting,” he explained. “I didn’t invent the fade.” Instagram/@chiefs

The conversation eventually ended back where it originally began: speaking about Travis’ buzzcut fade haircut, which a recent New York Times article labeled as the “Travis Kelce haircut,” claiming people across the country had begun asking for the football player’s look at barbershops.

“Yeah, can you guys stop telling people I invented the fade?” Travis asked, presumably addressing journalists and fans. “I didn’t. I walked in the barber shop one day, didn’t even know what I was getting. I didn’t invent the fade.”

He previously responded to the article, calling the claim “absolutely ridiculous.”